Apple denies that an iOS-to-Android migration app is in the works

Apple denies that an iOS-to-Android migration app is in the works
It was just yesterday when we passed along the rumor that Apple was working on an iOS-to-Android migration app that would help those leaving iOS for Android move over their contacts, photos and messages. The app would have been found in the App Store. Apple already has an app that resides in the Google Play Store called "Move to iOS," which is used by Android users switching to an iPhone.

But today, Apple has denied that it is developing an app to help iOS users migrate to Android. "There is no truth to this rumor," said Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. "We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great." Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out after last quarter's earnings report that 30% of those who switched to a new iPhone did so from an Android device. "There would have been some switchers on top of that from other operating systems, but obviously Android is the largest one by far," the executive said

According to the original story, European carriers requested the iOS-to-Android migration app be developed by Apple because their subscribers found it too complicated to switch to an That alone seemed like an odd reason for Apple to build such an app. As we said yesterday, "creating an app that allows iOS users to escape Apple's clutches does seem out of character for the company."

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source: BuzzFeed via Phandroid



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Wonder why there such a rumor in the first place. You probably will need a court order for Apple to make such an app.

7. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I really hope it's true.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I hope court forces them to do it its would be so fun!

39. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I dont think apple should be required to create the app, but they should be required to offer the app on the appstore if anyone wants to make such an app (like Google).

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I knew it, there can never be a no-strings-attached smooth way out of the walled garden...

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Seriously. All Apple needed to do was convert Google's "Move-to-iOS" app, right? Reverse engineer Microsoft's "Move-to-iOS" app? Blackberry's? The rumor wasn't the only thing stupid on this page, you ignorant hypocrite.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Someone's immensely butt-hurt. "Google's "Move-to-iOS" app, right?" "Reverse engineer Microsoft's "Move-to-iOS" app" Were drunk on apple koolaid when typing that? When did Google or Microsoft have such? Get sober and come back to your senses, if you have such...

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No butthurt, just wondering why you think it is okay to be critical of Apple for not doing it when nobody else is. That's cool, though, Arte, Jr. I'm sure Tim Cook is losing sleep over your blind hatred for his company.

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

" just wondering why you think it is okay to be critical of Apple for not doing it when nobody else is" Nobody else is? Turning a blind eye to Google and Microsoft services that are made readily available on every platform, including Apple's, doesn't make them vanish. There's already seamless ways of accessing your Contacts/Calendar/Picture/Video data from Windows/Android on iOS...they're not called "move to iOS", but in-case you're too daft to realize it, they indirectly do precisely that. Only Crapp|e's walled garden that refuses to be compatible with everything else but itself...

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That just shows how myopic you are when it comes to smartphones. You obviously haven't ever used Apple, but I have used every major ecosystem, and it's not terribly difficult to access an iCloud account on Blackberry, Windows Phone, or Android. But hey, continue to be incompatible with knowledge or common sense. It suits you, ignorant troll. I'm sure there will be another Apple article up in an hour or so for you to vent your imbecilic vitriol in, because you sure don't seem to do much else.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Remain ignoramus and in denial all you want you numbskull, I switched from over half a decade of iOS to Android on a OnePlus One, and it was anything but seamless. Experienced restrictions including text messages not following you even after you wipe your iDevice (gotta disable the service prior to wiping it), which apple got sued for. On top of that, paid-for media that won't play on other devices, gotta re-create AAC version in iTunes to remove that nonsense DRM stuff. If that wasn't enough, there's the calendar feeds that just don't sync with other services, had to manually transfer all my important tasks and calendars on my iPhone to my hotmail account, which can then be used via any calendar app I want without restrictions. Last but not least, contact properties, including their number/email labels and their groups, that just get messed up on every sync, moved all of those to my ownCloud and now editing contacts on my OnePlus One syncs seamlessly and same from my Surface Pro. There's already multiple headlines about some of the problems I experienced, but again, remain ignoramus and in denial all you want numbskull, take the red pill whenever you're ready.

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I do it all the time, and if you had that much trouble, you should be hanging with the rest of the tech illiterate at Engadget. Seriously, nobody would think you are any dumber than we already do if you asked for help. I know it's beyond folks like to to understand anything beyond the most binary situations, i.e, "good and evil," but Apple doesn't build their apps for Android and Windows not because they are "bad," they do it because they are a hardware company first. Google and Microsoft do it because they need eyeballs on their products for subscriptions and ads. They don't give a s**t about you, any more than Apple does, but they can't seem to monetize their products as well as they can monetize you.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

But why would i need to put my stuff on Cr4pple server if i want to switch them to another OS? Seriously you are dumb Napalm.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But we arent talking about using their services, he said moving from IOS to Android, Apple refuses to provide an application for this. They dont have too because then peopel would start leaving in droves. My business partner says he will stay with his iPhone even though he knows Android is better, simply because he has so much stuff in his phone and there is no easy way to move it all which si true. Once you're in iOS walled-garden, you only way out is to quick cold turkey.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

the fact is Google let all the others make such app on android. Its Apple thats wont let the same be done on App store... So wake up dude.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nobody? With my Samsung I can go to or from an iOS device using Samsung Smart Switch.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe its Apple's "Move-to-iOS" app... even if Google make "Move-to-Android" app, apple wont allow it to enter their appstore

37. tedkord

Posts: 17469; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So you're saying just take someone else's work and slap an Apple logo on it, like they did with the Android to iOS app? And about two thirds of everything else they've put out since inception.

3. BobLawblaw unregistered

Well if they remove the 3.5mm jack from the next iPhone lots of people will be making use of this app..

8. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Doubt it, if the thing work well, like really well, then maybe next year may have to join Apple team for first time. Pretty sure it probably have some converter type thing with it

5. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Only 30% of switchers to iPhone had Android? Must be a lot of people leaving BB10 and Windows

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, and considering how tiny the market of all those SmartPhones (3.3%) were to begin with compared to iOS (13.9% in 2015Q2) and Android (82.8% in 2015Q2), it just further shines light on the fact that there was only a small number of people that switched from Android... Plus, presuming ALL those 3.3% switched to iOS, which we know is only an iDream, that "30%" is more like "0.99%" of ALL Android devices. Given the fact that other platforms still hold market share, it's far less that 0.99%. But we already knew that it was all marketing hype...

19. Iodine

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

30% of iPhone buyers in the last three months were Android swithers. Whatever you spin it, 30% is a huge growth opportunity for Apple, while it might not be a significant part of android crrap-cheap phone mass, it's all lucrative consumers, who could buy android flagships, but they don't. So it's a nice multi billion dollar loss, every quarter, to android "oemsystem", which is already in red numbers. Definitely nothing more than insignificant marketing hype.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

30% of iPhone buyers isn't the same as 30% of those who switched to iPhone from another platform, which Tim Cook was quoted to have said here...those are 2 different numbers, stop impotently trying to mix them. Here's the Quote again: “For customers who purchased an iPhone last quarter, and replaced a smartphone, that 30 percent of those switched from an Android device,” Cook said. “There would have been some switchers on top of that from other operating systems, but obviously Android is the largest one by far.”

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

30% of what? 30% of 100 is 33.3xxxxxxx. If Apple only has roughly 14% marketshare, Google has 83% marketshare and 3% is everyone else and Appel claims they took 30% of Android users, how come their marketshare didn't go up? Look at the facts bro. 1.3Billion people use an Adroid device of some type. Let's assume the vast majority are smartphone users only at 75%. If Apple took 1/3 of 75%, that would be a significant amount of people and Apple would have more than 14%. On wait, here is why they didnt increase marketshare. Because even though 30% may have switched from Android, another 30% left iOS and went to Android thus keeping the marketshares essentually the same. Problem solved. Taking 1/3 of any market would make your market grown 20% while theirs woudl go down 30%. Apple's claim has to be a lie because 1/3 of 1.3Billion would be several 100M people. Less i checked, Apple still only sold roughly 200M iPhones. So where is this 30% of several 100M people where Apple woudl ahve sold at least another 100M phones, but yet sold less? The vast majority of iOS buyers are upgraders. This is fact. Yes they do get new customers. But saying 30% of the buyers were from an Android..what year was their Android. Because I could say with a certainty that those who have top end Android from any OEm wouldnt give them up for an Android. But some will. My mom had my old S3. I upgraded her to the S6 Edge. But she said it has way to many bells and whistles for her, and she wanted the S3 back, but instead I got her the iPhone 6 Plus, because she is old and eyes aren't good for small things. So yes some peopel will move, but not a huge number from the top end. So they must all had old Android from like S4 and older.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If apple took 30% of Android users, how come Android is still over 80% of the market. Last I checked, 80% - 30% would leave 50%. Which means Android would have 1/2 as many users as uit does now.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What He Should Have Said Was, 30% Of The People Who Bought A New iPhone Last Quarter, Switched From Android.

14. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Make sense for a selfish arrogant greedy company

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Imagine if it was a paid app too LOL


Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Is not gonna happen, Apple will downgrade itself to an Android ratchet levels

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